20 People Admit What Their Strangest Addiction Is

Published 1 year ago

Most people have things that they cannot live without. Whether it be a video game, a particular brand of vehicle, or a specific ritual that they must follow to sleep, there are things we all cling to either for comfort or because it makes our lives easier in some way. 

A community member got curious about the myriad little strange addictions people have and our online community delivered. Scroll below to find some of the most common answers given in response.

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Being alone, if you know you know.


Music. It gives me infinite access to stories and alternate worlds and keeps me in a good place mostly. But one time after a concert, I had a comedown and depression episode that lasted weeks.


Listening to TV shows, repeatedly. I’ve watched the first 3 seasons of Burn Notice at least 50 times and the first few seasons of Ghost Hunters around 20 times. I don’t even really pay attention, I just like to have familiar sounds in the background. It calms my brain. If there isn’t something playing, I’ll get anxious, paranoid and scared. Truly strange!


Pimple-popping videos. I can’t get enough. I watch TV and videos on my phone at the same time for hours. And they better do it right, or I will ‘dislike’.


Theatre. And by that I mean the stage itself. I’m a theatre actress and the last two (Corona) years I noticed that I’m feeling physically bad if I don’t do a few plays throughout the year. It’s not the applause or the audience, it’s just being on stage, reciting my lines, working with the colleagues, seeing the lights, smelling the unique odour… Sounds weird, I know.


Allegedly true horror stories. I am obsessed with these and I listen to them non-stop.


I’m sorry, my current addiction phase is dash cam videos of idiot drivers. I can’t turn away!


Chapstick. For about 35 years now. My lips no longer produce moisture on their own. And it has to be a Chapstick brand, no other will do. Any flavor, but cherry is my preferred.


Peeling. Do you have a sunburn? Stay away unless you want me peeling the skin. Used to put Elmer’s glue in my hands, let it dry, and then peel it. Friends had an 11ft python and I was in my glory when he asked if I wanted to help him shed its skin. I’m convinced I was a reptile in a former life.


Don’t judge but… Wendy’s nuggets dipped in chocolate frosty. It’s really good.


My sunglasses. i never go out of my apartment without them. i wear them almost all year. i guess i make my eyes light shy.


Buying pens.
Whenever I have had a rough day it always makes me feel better to buy a pack of pens


Ice for some reason.


Spider Solitaire. Been addicted since 1999. Someone gave me a hand-held game that I took abroad. Three months later, I was on an African safari and playing solitaire instead of watching for animals. I play at least 30 minutes a day.


Please don’t judge but…standing under the mist of a humidifier just for fun.


Knitting and crocheting. Totally weird for a bloke in his 50s, I guess.


Salt. I just love the taste. I sometimes will just get a teaspoon of it in my hands and eat a few grains at a time. Obviously, I am extremely dehydrated after that but I make sure I get plenty of water. I also tend to add a lot of salt to dishes lol.


Hoodies. More specifically oversized hoodies. And throw blankets. And stuffed animals.


Reading, I’ve got to have a book with me at all times. I’ve even ducked into a bathroom during parties to read for a little bit.


Long naps. I arrange my whole schedule around them.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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